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Dear PoP – photo radar question

by Prince Of Petworth November 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm 68 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoP,

I recently got an automated photo radar ticket for going 36 mph in a 25 mph. This is frustrating because the camera, located on Michigan Ave NE just east of North Capitol, is located on a six-lane road that ordinarily would have a higher speed limit. I recently returned to the area and drove 25 mph… I felt unsafe, as every other car was zipping by me!

I haven’t seen the subject discussed on your site, so I wanted to see if you could ask your readers if they have any first-hand advice on how to fight these sorts of tickets and any idea idea what the success rate is. Usually they’re pretty insightful on this sort of stuff. I’m also wondering if I risk getting a lager fine and points on my license if I fight and lose, as opposed to just sucking it up paying the $125.”

Well, I don’t think you can fight a speeding ticket if you were actually speeding. Whether or not it is a fair speed I think is a whole different story than fighting the ticket. If you think the speed is unreasonably slow – how would you guys suggest going about possibly getting it changed? Talk to your council member? But as for the ticket, the reader is probably stuck paying it right?

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